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THE BELDING BANNER
C. K. COWDIN, Editor. THURSDAY, MAY to, 1900 EITHEK PHONIV; The selection of Gerrlt J.Diekema of Holland, us chairman of the Itepubllcan state central committe was an unusually hnnnv und Dleaslng one. He has been speaker of the house of representatives and has a wide acquaintance, a good degree of executive ability and a dis position to work for success. And best of all he fa free from all entangle ments, ha is not tied up to any faction, click, or section. The people have confidence In his honor, and the Banner considers the party subject to congratulation upon so fortunate a choice. A now coin, a three cent piece has been authorized by act of congress, to take the place of the old coin which was so much like a dime that Its coin age was stopped. The new threocent piece is ordered to bo made of nlokel, the size of the old bronze cent, al though thicker. In the center Is to bo made a hole one-fourth of an Inch In diameter. This will make the coin easily distinguishable by sight or touch. It will be some time, however, before this new coin will bo in circula tion. m One thing in which the people of RpldlnP are extremely lax Is the fre quent visiting of the public schools. The schools are the most Important feature of any community, for In them the future of our country Is being moulded. A short visit from parents and friends Is an inspiration to teacher and pupils that should not be over looked. Better results and interest are obtained where parents manifest their interest in the work of their children in the public schools. Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Wisconsin at their various State Ite publlcan conventions, have endorsed the policy of expansion with the ad ministration of President McKlnley. Especially Interest attaches to that plank of the Ohio platform which says: The Republican party of Ohio stands committed to legislative and executive opposition to the threatening combina tions of capital that seek to restrict competition and stifle independent pro ducers." Senator Fairbanks, of Indiana, on his return to Washington from his State's Republican convention, said: "The Democrats thought a few weeks ago that Indiana would be debatable trround in the campaign, and that tho Itepubllcan party would split over the Porto Itican question. But we never entered a campaign with brighter prospects. Tho State Is very loyal to McKlnley, and will cast Its vote for him this fall beyond question." The conumdrum going the rouunds which Is driving a part of the people In neighboring towns to the verge of insanity is, "What is the difference between a kiss through a telephone and a straw hat?" To save the reader from nervous prostration by trying to guess It, the answer is set down quick, "Because neither one Is felt." If the Democratic party could secure a new platform, new. managers and a new candidate as easily as they secure a new convention hall, the Republi cans might not feel so confident of the result of tho coming election. The Democratic cry of Imperialism is a bugaboo. Such a policy could never exist In the United States, and the attempt to attribute it to Presi dent McKlnley is only one of that party's campaign roorbacks. From the manner in which B1I6S delegates are coming to the front, it is evident that the Saginaw colonel is more of a factor in tho gubernatoral race than he has been given credit for. The political organization that de pends upon unrest and discontentment for Its success Is an excellent thing to deprive of power. A Fast lllcycle lllder. Will often receive painful cuts, sprains or bruises from accidents. Bucklen's Arnica Salve, will kill tho pain and heal the Injury. It's the cyclist's friend. Cures Chafing, Chap ped Hands, Sore Lips, Burns, Ulcers and Piles. Cure guaranteed. Only 25c. Try it. Sold by Connell Bros, and Fisk Bangs, druggists. MAKHIAUK LICKNSES, Geo. Culver, 6-5, Danby; Elmlra Plummer. 51, Lyons. Wm. S. Darnell, 36 Berlin; Emma urose, so, uoessa. Homer S. Holllnger, 28, Ionia; Elma B, Chapln, 18, Edmoro. Benjamin Schneider, 25, Odessa; Carrie Eckhardt,22, Woodland. A Keen Clear Ilralu. Your best feelings, your social posi tion or business success depend largely on the perfect action of your Stomach and Liver. Dr. King's New Life Pills give Increased strength, a keen, clear brain, high ambition, a ceni oox will make you feel like a new being. Sold by Connell Bros, and Flsk Bangs, druggists. Size is not everything. Proper pro portions are the best. Enormous as sets are accompanied by enormous liabilities. The former are liable to shrink, while the latter may show characteristics just the reverse. Fra ternal Monitor. f 1 n.M rulnfflilenoa. 4iLate one night some years ago In a trpRtf.m town." snid an old telegraph operator, "I received a message which rend, 'If you wish to nee your brother alive, you will have to come Immedi ately The message cume from San Francisco und was addressed to au old man who lived across tho street from tho station, so I mit on my hat and wpnf nvnr nnil delivered It. seeing that it was Important that he should have It at onee. "Tho old man caught the train that left at midnight, and while he was buy in hi tirkot he told me that the mes sage referred to his brother who had left homo 20 years beforo ana rrom whom he had heard nothing during all thnt tlmo. Tho next night a party called and nskod If there were any messages for him, giving the same name as tho old man who had left the night before. Ho must have noticed that I looked at him mthor hlnnklr. for ho went on to ex nlnln that ho had a brother in Callfor nla who was sick and that ho was anx ious to hoar from him. "Well, It turned out that the mes rco that I had received the night bc- fnro wna Intended for him. He was a stranger In the town and chanced to boar tho same name as the oia man whnm I hm Rent on a wild goose chase across the continent. Fortunately for mo I was transferred to another town before tho old man got back. That is all there Is to the story except that it Is true." Detroit Free Press. Sixteenth Century Apples. Annies be so divers of form and sub stance that it were infinite to describe them all. Some consist more of aire then water, as sour puffs called Mala pulmonea; others more of water then wind, aa sour Castaras ana rome wa ters. To be short, all apples may be sorted into three kinds, sweet, soure and unsavory. Sweet apples ease the cough, quench thirst, cure melancholly, eomfort the heart and head, especially if thpv bo fracrant and odoriferous, and also zlve a laudable nourishment. Souro annles hinder spitting, straiten the brest, gripe and hurt the stomach. encrease Dhlegm and weaken memory. Sweet armies are to be eaten at the beginning of meat, but soure and tart annles at the latter end. All apples are worst raw, and best baked or preserv ed. Philin of Macedonia and Alexander, his son, from whome perhaps a curious nnd skilful herald may derive our L.an cashlre men. were called Phllomell ap pie lovers because they were never without apples in their pockets, lea, nil Macedonians, his countrymen, did so love them that having necr Babylon fmrnrised a fruiterer's boy they strlved for it that many were drowned. Dr. Thomas Moffett In loto. TIIK INDIAN FAMINK. Calls unon American charity are In numerable, but none of them are for that reason to bo Ignored. More than oneo In recent years tho call of famine stricken India has been heard; never, norhaps, moro urgently than at the present time. It comes at this moment opportunely, when tho thoughts of the religious and philanthropic public are so strongly fixed upon tho theme of service to foreign lands, lhere has been a tendency in some quarters to charge tho Indian famlno to Eng land's account. It has been many times, indeed, openly declared that the famine was duo to England's rapacity and oppression, and that England oueht to caro for her own victims. Such Is not tho case, on the contrary, tho British Government Is doing and has been doing all In Its power to pre vent famines and to mitigate their evils. Tho facts that under British rule the population of India has more than doubled, that taxation has been reduced from 50 or CO to only 3 to G per cent and that millions of acres of land havo been mado productive by irriga tion aro an amplo vindication of the British Government in that matter. Drouth and overcrowded population aro the evils. They aro to bo over come only by extending tho irrigation system and by teaching the people a hiirher type of thrift and providence. Those works aro being performed on a scale probably unprecedented In hu man history. But in tho meantime there aro periodical seasons of dis tress, beyond the power of the govern ment to Avert. In such cases tho call is to the wholo world, and this part of the world, at least, will not be slow nor grudging in its response THE PIANO CONTEST. llovr the Vote Stand tliU Week. Coupons are issued at tho following places for cash business: Holmes Hros , T. t . Ireland, Penny Store, ItoblnHon & Hudson, Lamb llros., O. F. WebKtcr, A. H. Hull, John Donovan. Connell Hros., K.U.Spencer, Plants Thnt Intoxicate. Bumblebees, butterflies and beetles are habitual drunkards. In some of tho southern states Insects alight on certain plants, drink heartily from the hlossoms and fall to the grouna siu nefled. After awhile they rise and fly around, lust as druuken mu would do if they had the power of flying. Their antics are especially amusing unless one does not know what Is the trouble. In tills case the suspicion that the in sect world has gone crazy Is upper most. A scientist who had observed tho drinking and Its results collected a teaspoouful of the pollen to see If It would affect a man the same way. lie swallowed It and in a few minutes found his pulse beating faster and a rlso of temperature. Then he distilled Borne of the blossoms and gave himself a hypodermic Injection in the arm. lie became decidedly dizzy as a result. By further experiments he found an oil de rived from these plants which affects human beings and animals alike. New York Telegram. The Rofrne Saved the Jnde. A Judge of the English high court was once arrested on suspicion of hav ing burglarious designs on the house of a friend in Mayfalr. The police officer charged him in tho police sta tion with loitering with felonious intent, and the prisoner's description of him self as one of her majesty's Judges was received with a grin of sarcastic derision. At that moment an old offender was broueht in who happened to catch sight of his lordship's face, which he had good reason to remember. "You here, my lord!" he exclaimed, with unfeigned astonishment. "Well, this beats cockflghting." The rogue's unsolicited corroboration of the Judge's declaration saved the situation, and his lordsnip was auowcu to depart in peace. Mike All Orer. Mr. Dnffv Mrs. Kelly. It pains me t' lnfarm yez thot yure hoosband has Jist bin blowed oop bol a doinamoite car tridge. We found his head in wan lot. an his body In another lot, an Lis ugs in another lot, an his arms an rate in another lot. Mrs. Kelly (proudly) Begorrah, thot's Moike all over! Harper's Week ly Exasperating. "Gee whizz, how my wife docs ag grawate me!" "You surprise me. Surely she doesn't henpeck you?" "No. It's her awful meekness, wuen- cver we have an argument and I'm in the rlcrht. she always sighs and says, Oh, very well. dear, have It your own wayT " Philadelphia I'ress. Inconsistent. "You keep me waiting so long!" com plained the customer. Madam" said the worried grocer. who was economizing In his business by employing only one clerk, "ain't you tho woman that was in Here yesieruay kicking about short weights? Chlca go Tribune. Whnf la irltAr's cranio.' pa?" "Being cramped for money, my son, nearly all writers havo that trouble." IIKWKY'S tJIFT TO MKS. 1!KLI1NS. A Uockville (Conn.), exchange con tains the following: Admiral George Dewey has present ed to Mrs. Lizzie S. Beldlng, regent of Sabra Trumbull Chapter, for tho use of tho U. A. IVs, a unique gavel, mado from teak wood, taken from the port sido of the flagship "Olyrapla," while under repairs at the Navy yard, Bos ton, Mass. Its artistic beauty and historical value, together with the personal favor conferred, will bo held in high regard by tho daughters of America and will serve as a connecting link of the Span ish-Araencan war, as a part and por tion of tho gallant ship which carried Into danger and death, a courageous crew, subservient and loyal to one whose vigilance and unfaltering deter mination won tho applause of the world, and mado a nation eager and erlad to crown him with laurels of unl versal homage matchlessly bestowed. If their chapter heroine, Sabra Trumbull, of revolutionary famo and simplicity, could send a greeting It would mlnglo with tho prldo and loy alty of those who now honor her name and carry to our Manila hero the gratltudo and priceless appreciation of a patriotic chapter. The gavel Is petlto and exactly adapted for the uso of a lady presiding olllccr. The shape Is unique, the handle being tastefully beaded and the head carved in a handsome figure. The gavel Is enclosed In a handsome box, constructed expressly for it, that it might havo a fitting repository. More Than Imagination A commercial traveler, whoso wife Is one of those women who borrow trouble Indiscriminately, had occasion to make a trip east. His wife was very anxious about him and felt certain that he would fall a victim to smallpox, which was preva lent In tho city to which he was going. She begged him to carry a little lump of asafetida In his pocket to ward otT contagion. Naturally ho objected and positively refused to bo made tho permanent abode of such a persistent odor. When he carao home from his trip, he said to his wife: 'It is wonderful, tho power of the Imagination. Why don't you know, I imagined that I Bmelled asafetida the whole time I was gone." Tt. wnan't ImiLfrinatlon at all." OUlet- ly replied tho wily little woman. 'I aowoi n. i t oi n.Haiciiua in ine corner of your coat before you went away J" Mcmpnis scimuar. Hard Words. Mrs. Tucker Tommy, what makes vou so late? Tommy Had some words with tho teacher and sho kept mo In after school. Mrs. Tucker You had words with tho teacher? Tommy Yes'm. I couldn't spell 'em. Chicago Tribune. Wo get what wo pay for in frateml ty, but we have no extra tax to sup- pori nign priceu preajueuws, luxurious omces and cnampagno Danqueis. Hex Tablets cure sour stomach. Tho following is tho count Wednes day, May 9: K. of V ....113,211 Hlffh School ......107,130 Recreation Club 84,715 K. O. T. M 5,723 Congregational Church 7,498 Methodist Church G,G28 Modern Woodmen 3,b(K Masonic. 3,800 Baptist Church 12,011 Catholic Church 1,007 Odd Fellows 1,200 1 T.. O. T. M 008 Foresters 771 G. A. U 373 A O. U. W 355 Court of Honor 271 Gleaners 220 Vron Methodist 43 Eastern Star 41 Good Templars Otlsco Cemetery Association... 23 Adventlsts rJ Silver Greys 1" n. of ii o Piano contest closes May 20, 1000. OUK SCHOOLS. Ilubio Babcock spent part of last week at Cedar Springs. The Fifth and Sixth Grades aro prac ticing on a drill for May 30. Wallace Young of tho First Grado broke bis arm last Saturday. Rev. Quick conducted devotional ex ercises at tho High School last Friday morning. Beware of time wasted. It is moro than money. Money lost may be found; time, never. Thirty trees havo already been planted about the High School build ing this year. He who is willing to bo a failure rather than be false, will never be either. Ideal. Mav Hubbard and Walter Cowdln have been absent from school on ac count of sickness. Kind words cost but little, yet they may materially aid and encourage others in life's pathway. The First Grado, under Mrs. Howe's supervision, havo arranged a flower bed in front of their building in the third ward. The boys of the Senior and Junior classes planted 30 trees around the school buildings in tho first and second wards on Arbor Day. Hon. Jason E. Hammond will speak to tho teachers of Ionia county at the Teachers' Association held et Ionia Saturday of this week. A date for playing tho Grammar School of Greenville Is being arranged by tho captain, Ernest Gooding, of our Second Grammar department. Our Hltrh School team went to Green ville last week and In three Innings did them up to tho tuno of 21 to 0. Who says our boys can't play ball.-' The City Superintendents' Associa tion of Michigan will meet In Grand Rapids Friday of this week. Addresses will bo given by prominent educators of the state. The pupils of tho Second, under the guidance of Miss Stuart, and the Third Grades, with Miss Stevens' help, are placing flower beds In front of the Cen tral building. Aim high and work up to your Ideal. Do not bo dl&cou raged if you do not ob tain your ideal. Plant your standard still further forward. If your sword is too short add a step to it. Rhetoricals In tho High School this week Friday. Tho annual election of oflicers will occur and other important business which concerns the success or the society for tho coming year. The announcements for the Summer school at Greenville are being distrib uted. Supt. Smith will gladly "wel come all those who desire review work in stenography and typewriting. High School motto for this week: Ilettcr than ROld Is a thlnklnf? mind, That In realms of thought and books can llnd A treasure surpassing Peruvian ore, And live with the great and good of yore." imsMflS'. NEW SPMGpJITS and OVERCOATS. , K Our Assortment of NEW SPRING SUITS Were never more attractive than they are this Spring. We have the latest productions from the best manufacturing houses in the United States. Stein-Bloch suits equal to custom made The Newland Hat Just received in all the latest shapes. Yours for latest styles and the best goods for the lowest prices. Holmes Bros You are not np.rp. to please us : Please Me! But we are here to please you. Lace Curtains 2 1-2 yds. long worth 50c, at 35c Armourside Corsets, worth one dollar at 79c Ladies' Wrapper nicely made and trimmed 59c Trunks, zinc covered at $1.50, $1.90, $2.50, up A nice line of Calicoes at 5C Ladies Fine Shoes worth $2.50 go at - $2.00 Ladies Trimmed Hats at 49c, 75c and $1.00 Ladies' Sailor Hats 19c, 25c, 39c, 43c and 59c Ladies' Split Milan Sailor worth $1.50 at 90c All Ladies' Tailor Made Suits One-Third off We lose money on them at this but we are bound to clear them out. Vaseline per bottle regular price 5c go at 3c Sewing Machine Oil regular price 10c go at 3c Base Balls at 3c, 8c and 10c, worth double Sewing Silk Veiling regular price 25c at 17c yd Hose Supporters at 8c and 10c, worth double Belding Bargain House, BEI-iDINC, MICH, Good Printing Pays. The Banner does that kind. Kidney-Kola! Shaky nerves soothed and quieted by this purely vege table remedy. THKY GIVK THE BRACK THAT WINS THE RACE. fiO vttt. tnx or .T hoxaa for jotntfO k'root Kidney-Kola Co.. Holding, Mich. For sale by W. I. Benedict, Dra1sfc. NEW GOODS -AT- Beware ol Spectacle Peilers CLAIMING to be my agents. They are all Frauds. I havo no spectacle agents. Eyes cannot be fitted on the run. Eyes aro better unfitted than misfitted. Tho best that's mado In Crystal Lcnsc3 aro none too good for your eyes, they cost litttle If purchased here. My Glasses strengtnen tho eyes and give lasting eyo comfort. Aluminum Framed Glasses $1.00 ALBERT 0. BEDFORD, Ionia. lie who helps the eyes." THE VARIETY STORE! SEE OUR NEW SHIRT WAISTS, SUMMER UNDER WEAR, WALKING HATS AND SAILORS. House Cleaning is at hand. We have Window Shades Brass Curtain Rods, Tack Pullers. Carpet Tacks, Ammonia, Scrub Brushes and lots more you need. New Dinner Sets, Crock ery and Chinaware. Something new all the time. Single Harness for salo cheap; also Ulcyclo. W. A. CHAVE.